Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Processor

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Filter Benchmark
Cumulative Time Of CPU Intensive Filter Runs (Lower Times Are Better)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 RAW Photo Processing Time
Processing Effects and Resizing of Canon RAW Photos  (Lower Times Are Better)

While Photoshop CS3 can be a cache-sensitive application at times, the smaller amount of L2 cache on the Core 2 Quad Q9300 doesn’t seem to hold this chip back, as both of our CS3 tests show the Q9300 delivering better stock performance compared to the Q6600.  We’re certain that with more cache, it could deliver better performance at this clock speed, but its performance is certainly quite good overall.  When overclocked, the Q9300 gives some downright amazing Photoshop performance.

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